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The Fall was a busy time, for both Art Life, and Family Life. Dave and I were (and still are) busy preparing for winter — putting away the boat, and winterizing machines that will be sitting out the season, cutting trees to saw into lumber,  stacking it to dry properly, making sure we have propane tanks full, etc. etc.  The first snows have fallen, so winter has arrived.

I participated in  a couple group shows with my Critique Group [Artists of Studio 10], and took several sculptures over to Grand Forks, ND for their annual TAG(The Art of Giving) art gala/sale and fundraiser. I also took a couple workshops to learn more techniques, AND have fun! One was to learn the use of Epoxy Clay sculpture, from Wanda Odegard. I still have to paint my piece to call it done, so I will share it in a later post. I also took a wonderful workshop from Tonja Sell, which focused on using a variety of textures in the works and combining media, such as Watercolor or Acrylic with Pastel, or  Acrylic with collage and texture mediums. I started 3 pieces at the workshop, and just now finished the last of them.

Portrait of my son (many years ago!) using the texture techniques from Tonya's workshop -- done in Watercolor and Pastel.

Portrait of my son (many years ago!) using the texture techniques from Tonya’s workshop — done in Watercolor and Pastel.

This one was done using Acrylics on Canvas, texture mediums, and metallic paint -- also painted in a looser style than I usually work in.

This one was done using Acrylics on Canvas, texture mediums, and metallic paint — also painted in a looser style than I usually work in.

Portrait of my Sheltie, Bailey, done in Acrylic on pastel paper, with texturing techniques, and finished with Pastels

Portrait of my Sheltie, Bailey, done in Acrylic on pastel paper, with texturing techniques, and finished with Pastels

If you ever have the chance to take a Tonja Sell workshop, you should do it! Very Fun, and you learn a lot.

Coming up, Studio 10 is hanging a new exhibit at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, and after Christmas we are hanging a major exhibit at the Rourke Gallery in Fargo/Moorhead. I am busy with a few pet portrait commissions, and after that I hope to play around with the epoxy clay some more, and also have some started metal sculptures waiting for my attention. There is never a lack of things to work on!!

Hope all of my readers had a nice Thanksgiving — it is so good for us to look for the good things in life and be grateful.

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We are almost ready for this year’s studio cruise! This year I am participating as a guest artist at a friend’s studio — this is an experiment to see if being closer to town gives me a bigger audience and is it worth the extra work of having to transport all of my work, display materials, and refreshments, etc. to town. I will be at the studio of Pat Shough, who lives in the Lavinia area on the east side of Lake Bemidji. If you are in Bemidji, or can arrange to come here, be sure to stop and see us this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. There will be 3 artists there, so lots of art for one stop, and you will have a good time!

I have worked hard to have some new pieces for this show — I have over 20 brand new paintings that have not been exhibited before. I will post a few of them here, but remember, they always look better in person.

"Barnyard King"  Original Watercolor/mixed media

“Barnyard King” Original Watercolor/mixed media

I started a series of pet portraits called Canine Cameos and Feline Faces. Here are a couple from that series:

"Household Tiger" Original Acrylic  10"x10" on canvas

“Household Tiger” Original Acrylic 10″x10″ on canvas

"German Shepherd"  Original Acrylic   10"x10" on canvas

“German Shepherd” Original Acrylic 10″x10″ on canvas

I have also departed from animal subjects for a few of my new works, and have enjoyed portraying some of the beautiful nature found here in northern Minnesota. Here are a couple from my “Nature Close-up” series:

"Yellows I"   Original Acrylic   11"x14"   on canvas

“Yellows I” Original Acrylic 11″x14″ on canvas

"Minnesota Twins"  Original Acrylic  10"x10" on canvas

“Minnesota Twins” Original Acrylic 10″x10″ on canvas

That’s all for now — I’ll put up some of my other new works soon. I’ll leave you with a funny view of my cat, Groucho. He is always good for a laugh.

Groucho, lolling on the floor, as usual.

Groucho, lolling on the floor, as usual.

 

 

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Summer is always a busy time in Minnesota. Since it is so short, we have to squeeze a lot of busy-ness into it! This summer is no exception. We have put many hours into finishing up the kitchen project, and we are almost done. Just have to install the kitchen bar on the back of the center island, and hook up the dishwasher. Here is a peek at the project that has kept us busy for so long.

Our new kitchen island, with cupboards and stove beyond it.

We had to take some time to put a steel roof on the shop — the shingle roof was leaking, and since we were getting a lot of rain, we had to get that taken care of right away!  I have been out in the shop working on a commission of two steel benches, which I will post when I get them put together. I am still cutting the designs into the pieces, then I will be able to start construction.

Tomorrow my art critique group, Studio 10, will be hanging an exhibit at Dunn Brothers in Bemidji. If you are in town on Friday, we will have an opening reception from 2-4 pm. The exhibit will be up for the whole month of July. Then on Tuesday I will be helping install the “We all Love Paul” exhibit at Neilson Place, which is in celebration of the 75th birthday of Paul Bunyan as an icon in the town of Bemidji. Should be a fun exhibit, with art and photos from many artists. The opening reception for that one is also on Friday, from 3-4:30 pm. This exhibit will be available for viewing through October.  Here is a look at my entry in the exhibit: “Paul and Babe, the Early Days”

“Paul and Babe, the Early Days” Acrylic/Mixed-media on canvas, 24″x18″

The hot weather has arrived along with the beginning of July. We won’t complain too much since so many are dealing with such difficult problems — flooding in Duluth, wind damage out east, and huge fires  out west. Hope all that gets resolved soon.

We had a cute visitor in our backyard the other night — I will share a picture!

Evening visitor in the backyard. Mom and twin were there too, but they stayed back in the brush. This little guy came out on the lawn where we could get a good look at him. 🙂

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Finished painting

Work on this painting has continued — I next added texture and color to all of the fur of the husky.

Texture and color added to the fur.

Adjustments were made to the fur and the eyes were started. I also paint the nose.

Adjustments are made, nose is painted.

My last (and favorite) part is to paint the eyes. That is when the animal comes alive in the painting. After the eyes, I let it rest for a couple days to see if I needed to tweek it at all. Then I added the metal leaf accents, and a coat of varnish — “Ready to Run” is completed!

"Ready to Run" -- the finished painting

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It was another educational and enjoyable show over the last weekend, at Ruttger’s  Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids, MN. We had the inspiring art to look at all weekend, painting demos to watch, and the chance to spend time with friends and catch up with those we haven’t seen for a long time. Here I am with my two entries:

"Gentle Touch" on the left, and "Follow the Leader" on the right.

As I thought, the weather decided to turn and we had cold, wind, and 6 inches of snow while we were there. We didn’t mind too much, as we had the nice lodge to enjoy during the day, and our cabin had a fireplace to enjoy at night.

Snow outside our cabin.

My friends Pat, Ron, and Dee won awards, so we celebrated that, and also the selection of my friend Terry as the next president of our organization! Doug and Joan were celebrating their anniversary while we were there as well. A couple days of good food, good friends, and good art to refresh us for the days ahead.

"Time Traveler" my mini for the show.

I saw an eagle on my way to town the other day, and stopped to get his picture. He (like usual) didn’t like it and flew away, but I did get one shot in before he left.

Eagle along the road to town.

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Wow! I can’t believe it is over a month since I had time to write. It has been crazy busy around here, but now should calm down a little. 🙂

This past weekend was the Studio Cruise in the Bemidji area, and this was my first time as a participant. Since we live pretty far out of town, I wasn’t sure how many would come — but it was good. We had 170 visitors, the weather was fine, and all in all it was a fun time. I especially liked meeting all the art lovers and having a chance to visit with them.

Some of the work on display at my studio for the cruise.

Another corner of the studio.

Carving a block to print and collage onto my painting.

Applying black gesso to the canvas.

Sketching out the composition.

Here I am working on my demo piece:

Be watching for the finished painting sometime in the future!

Friday was so nice that my sister and I went for a canoe ride as soon as the “cruise” was done for the day. It was so pretty out, and perfectly calm.

Out on the lake.

Swans, who flew off when we approached.

Sunset

We took in the movie “Secretariat” on Sunday evening — it was good! I highly recommend it. (Of course, it has some beautiful horse footage in it, so that makes it in my book!)  We’re having a non-stop rain day today, so I was content to stay in and play with our new kitten, and put my studio back into working mode. Tomorrow I start in on a commissioned portrait of a standard poodle. I’ll post it when I get it done.

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Summer is always busy, and each year I think it is the busiest yet. I have been working away on the sculpture and it is getting close to being ready for the nest! I will post the tree soon. I have also been painting on my new work on canvas, whenever the weather is not suitable for welding. (too wet or too hot!) I addition, I have had agility classes with my dog Bailey, a wedding to attend, a pot-luck ski patrol meeting (tonight), an artist paint and share day, and so it goes.

Dave and I took time off for a canoe outing on Lake Flora the other day. It was fun — saw a few birds and ducks, and enjoyed the peace and quiet on the water. We will have to do it again soon.

We saw four loons hanging out together, and enjoyed the stereo affect of their calling from both sides of our canoe.

A sculpture made by nature.

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